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Monday, June 25, 2007
  Not adoptible commodities
The linked BBC story is to one where some children were left with their mother who killed them because she was mentally ill. One was aged 10 and therefore was clearly not someone who could be adopted easily.

On the other hand today I have heard of two stories involving social workers removing babies where there clearly is nothing like the threat that existed in respect of the case in Hackney.

Obviously we don't know the whole story as yet. It does, however, seem even moreso that the system is broken very badly.
 
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People are losing babies as social services say they may emotionally harm their children at a later date.

It's outrageous and I think it stems from prejudice from social workers who view certain groups in society as unfit to parent children,like those with disabilities etc.

Children should not be removed from their parents due to a possible emotional harm. It's like locking people up because they might commit a crime in the future.

What about the emotional damage caused to a baby or child that has developed a bond with its natural mother.

I am saddened to see that the family courts are not going to be open to scutiny so that families can continue to be destroyed by incompetent badly trained individuals.

What can we do to open these courts?Other countries manage to do this in a responsible manner
 
Also note in the article that the father had notified concerns about the mother to social services and nothing was done.

We have heard this time and time again where social services have failed to respond to serious cases which have resulted in death.

Maybe they are too busy trying to achieve their adoption targets to get brownies points,and persecute families that really do love their children.Rather than respond to serious abuse of children.
 
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